25 Aug '11, 10pm

The insanity of patent warfare - TODAYonline

Google surprised many industry watchers last week with the announcement that it is purchasing Motorola's mobile phone division for US$12.5 billion (S$15.1 billion). According to the BBC, the deal "gives the search giant access to a range of technology patents (which) means extra ammunition in the spiralling arms race of suit and counter-suit". Even before this development however, this arms race had already descended into something much worse - an ugly battle over patents that has pulled in companies both big and small. Earlier this month, a court in Germany ruled that Samsung's latest gadget, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, may be infringing on Apple's patents, effectively banning the Korean company from launching its tablet in most countries across Europe. The ruling marked another in a series of setbacks for Samsung, which now stands alongside HTC and Motorola at the receiving end...

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